Temitayo Ogunbiyi: Nothing in Nature is Private

Temitayo Ogunbiyi: Nothing in Nature is Private

From October 15 to November 26, 2017, Medium Tings, Brooklyn will present Nothing in Nature is Private, a solo exhibition by leading contemporary Nigerian artist Temitayo Ogunbiyi.

The exhibition presents a compilation of new pencil drawings that expand upon histories and techniques of hair braiding to construct hybrid forms. The drawings combine elements of Yoruba, Hausa, and African-American hairstyles with botanical references. It also includes existing works that were commissioned by Zina Saro-Wiwa for The Pineapple Show held at Tiwani Contemporary in 2016 and featured in 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, earlier this year.

The titles of work, for example, Your Steps Will be Ordered (Selecting a Pineapple), can be interpreted as wishes, prayers or religious decrees, that directly respond to aspects of contemporary society, from the ongoing construction of self to the effects of climate change. Ogunbiyi’s  work is also of a personal nature, largely informed by her everyday experiences and status of motherhood. A curious observer of the world around her, Ogunbiyi crafts forms that indirectly suggest the need for protective spaces that nurture.

The title of the exhibition, Nothing in Nature is Private, is a nod to Jamaican writer Claudia Rankine’s early book of poetry. Similarly, Ogunbiyi is an American, Jamaican, Nigerian artist, whose work also explores current affairs, history, and tradition through the deeply personal.


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